How should we respond to crisis?

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My Optimism

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Chinese poet and essayist Shao Yanxiang was born in 1933 in the Zhejiang province of China. During the mid-1950s, Yanxiang became critical of the new China and began publishing satirical…

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Of the Sons of Master and Man

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Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his…

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September 1, 1939

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W. H. Auden was one of the literary giants of the twentieth century. His poems, plays, and essays, written in everyday language, are full of his favorite themes: religion, politics,…

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Song of the Shirt, 1941

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), founder of the Algonquin Table (an influential group of New York City writers, critics, and actors that met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel) and…

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The Odyssey, Book X

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Originally recited by the bard Homer in towns and villages all over Greece, The Odyssey was finally written down in the 8th century BCE. Ulysses, or Odysseus', adventures on the…